5 Oscar Wilde Quotes on Art to Spark Creativity

There's nothing quite like a line from this notable 19th century Irish writer to inspire your inner artist.

Sep 30, 2014
Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

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The name Oscar Wilde is synonymous with a synergy of depth and sass, with a vision and understanding that cuts sharply through to the essence of the human experience. While known for his comedic plays and poems, the 19th century Irish writer's real legacy was his quick wit, exuberant personal manner and immaculate taste – all the better to comment on art!

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So, sit back and ponder these Oscar Wilde quotes, let them ruminate and inspire the artist in you. 

1. ON LIFE:

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

2. ON INDIVIDUALITY:

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

3. ON PORTRAITURE:

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

4. ON PERFECTION:

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

5. ON VISION:

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.